Hatley Castle: A Romantic Edwardian Estate

Just outside of Victoria, British Columbia, perched on a hill with a picturesque view of the ocean, lies an enchanting castle that rivals the grand manor houses of England. This historic gem is a must-see for anyone visiting the area.

Hatley Castle

Designed by Victorian architect Samuel Maclure, this captivating structure was completed in 1908.It's a popular destination for fairytale weddings. You might also recognize it as the set for an impressive list of feature shows and movies including X-Men, Deadpool, Smallville, and MacGyver.

Hatley Castle

During a recent romantic getaway, Diane and her partner Stephen seized the opportunity to explore the castle just before it was due to be featured in another movie. The timing couldn't have been more perfect!

Designer Diane Kennedy at Hatley Castle

The air was filled with the sweet scent of blooming wisteria, and elegant peacocks were prancing around proudly, adding to the magical ambiance.

Peacocks at Hatley Castle

While the castle itself was stunning, the surrounding gardens were even more so. There is an Italian garden, a summer perennial border, and further beyond an exquisite Japanese garden.

Japanese Garden at Hatley Castle

A myriad of momiji (Japanese Maples), colourful rhododendrons, and candelabra primroses were all in full bloom.

Japanese Garden at Hatley Castle

Many of the formal structural elements and the trees in the Japanese Garden date from its creation in 1910. The garden also includes elements common to Japanese gardens including this exquisite azumaya (gazebo) over looking the lake.

Japanese Garden at Hatley Castle

According to Japanese design theory, evil spirits can only go in straight lines, hence the twisting paths and a humped bridge.

evil spirits can only go in straight lines.

If you're ever on Vancouver island near Victoria, I recommend a visit!


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